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"Removing All Obstacles"--a lecture on Ganesha
4/18/2013 7:30 PM
NEW ASIAN ART INCLUDING A SCULPTURE OF GANESHA,
"REMOVER OF OBSTACLES," ON VIEW AT THE CARLOS MUSEUM Now on view at the Carlos Museum is a ninth-century red sandstone sculpture of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, the "remover of obstacles," and an eighteenth-century miniature painting, illustrating a scene from the Ramayana, one of the greatest epic poems from India. The sculpture of Ganesha shows the deity seated on a lotus throne, his head framed by lotus petals. His four hands hold an axe for removing obstacles in the lives of his followers; a mala or prayer beads, used in meditation; a bowl of sweets; and his broken tusk. The eighteenth-century miniature painting, heightened with gold on paper, depicts three major figures in Hindu mythology: Rama, his brother Lakshmana, and Hanuman, his devotee. In this scene, Lakshmana tenderly removes a thorn from Rama's foot as the latter steadies himself, his hand upon Hanuman's shoulder. Bonnie Speed, director of the Carlos Museum states, "The Museum hopes to build a significant collection of Indian miniature paintings, specifically of scenes from the Ramayana, as a resource for Emory University's departments of Religion, Middle Eastern Studies, and South Asian Studies." Lecture at 7:30pm at the Carlos Museum, Emory University On April 18, Joyce Flueckiger, professor of religion at Emory, will introduce Ganesha in a lecture titled "Removing All Obstacles: The Worship of Ganesha in India."